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gzip 1.3.6 released

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: gzip 1.3.6 released
Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2006 01:14:06 -0800
User-agent: Gnus/5.1008 (Gnus v5.10.8) Emacs/21.4 (gnu/linux)

I'm happy to announce the release of gzip 1.3.6.

gzip (GNU zip) is a popular data compression program written by
Jean-Loup Gailly for the GNU project; Mark Adler wrote the
decompression part.

This gzip release attempts to fix bugs only.  Ideally it
will become an official gzip release.  However, since it has
been so long since the last release, this release is
currently being distributed as a test version.

Please report any problems to <address@hidden>.

The compressed sources are here:
  ftp://alpha.gnu.org/gnu/gzip/gzip-1.3.6.tar.gz   (600 KB)

The GPG detached signature is here:

Here are the MD5 and SHA512 digests:

495b42de5748cce30dc31aa9994c51b5  gzip-1.3.6.tar.gz

Here are URLs to the ChangeLog entries since the most recent
test version (1.3.5) and stable version (1.2.4),


Here are the major changes since 1.3.5, reported in the NEWS file:

* Fix some race conditions in setting file time stamps, permissions, and owner.
* Fix some race conditions in signal handling.
* When gzip exits due to a signal, it exits with the signal's status, not 1.
* gzip now restores file time stamps to the resolution supported by the
  time-setting primitives of the operating system, typically 1 microsecond.
  Formerly it restored them only to the nearest second.
* gzip -r no longer attempts to reset the last-access times of directories
  it reads, as this messes up when other processes are reading the directories.
* The options --version and --help now work on all gzip-installed executables,
  and now use a format similar to other GNU programs.
* The manual is now distributed under the terms of the GNU Free
  Documentation License without invariant sections or cover texts.
* Port to current versions of Autoconf, Automake, and Gnulib.

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